The family of 19 year old Uyinene Mrwetyana were in court this morning when Luyanda Botha, the man accused of the UCT student’s murder was handed three life sentences.
Luyanda Botha was charged with two counts of rape in addition to a murder charge, as well as one count of defeating the ends of justice.
The Post Office worker was accused of raping and murdering the UCT student at the Clareinch Post Office in Claremont in August.
The indictment that senior counsel for the State, Rodney de Kock, handed in revealed that the deceased purchased clothes online and the parcel was due for collection at Clarenreich Post Office. She had made inquiries on August 8 and was assisted by the accused who allegedly told Uyinene Mrwetyana that the parcel was not ready for collection and that Luyanda Botha would contact her when the parcel arrived.
According to the indictment:
“The parcel arrived on August 16, 2019 and on Saturday, August 24, she arrived at the post office after it was closed for business. The accused was alone inside the post office and let her in. The deceased was not seen alive again.”
The indictment further stated that Mrwetyana was raped twice, her body hidden inside the safe of the post office, and then later dumped and doused with an accelerant before being set alight.
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